Demand for filters and pornography correlate in the U.S. “Mormon Nevada,” a purveyor once told me, “is our best market. We sell more in conservative states.” I thought he was joking, but the Washington Post reports an academic study with confirmation that many comservatice states have high demand for exciting lit. (Not Utah, however.)
In the ITU and other international fora, religious countries like Saudi Arabia are often in the lead calling for “security,” which to them includes protection against immoral content. Perhaps the elite in the nation’s strongest in opposing censorship (Denmark, U.S. but not France or Germany) are less worried because they believe their citizens are jaded from an early age. That might be true in Washington or New York even if Southerners are less easily satiated.
Conservative Texas and Georgia are at the top of the chart for Google searches for this content. Vermonters, who send the only socialist to the U.S. Senate, is at the bottom. Liberal California is also near the top, which might be a result of other behavior patterns.
Perhaps this leaves room for a compromise on security issues at ITU. Nothing is more important to the U.S. than protecting the freedom of the NSA to do its work. Officially, we oppose censorship as well, but many in D.C. policy are strong on “protecting children from inappropriate materials.” Would Danny accept langauge that allowed countries to impose their own moral standards in-country as long as it didn’t interfere with important U.S. work.
(Kicker deleted because a pun on what is easy isn’t needed.)
Here’s the abstract of the article. The rest is unfortunately behind a pay wall.